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Depending on how you view snacking, you may or may not choose to make it part of your self-care routine.
For some, snacking is a mindless habit that, left unchecked, can result in undesired weight gain over time. But when thoughtfully planned, snacking can easily become a core component of a healthy diet.
Munching between meals prevents extreme hunger, which in turn decreases the likelihood of overindulging at the next meal, and snacking also provides added fuel when we’re deeply engrossed in mentally or physically demanding tasks.
Yesterday snacking was required. I worked for 18 hours straight, only taking an occasional break to eat or stretch. I love learning new things, but this particular project–a complete redesign of my business model and website–has been equally challenging and rewarding. Needless to say, it has captured my complete attention. I now see why so many professionals in the technology industry are so amped up all the time…wow.
When it comes to snacks, I often pull together what I call “vittle trays,” a collection of random bite-sized foods akin to tapas. Not only does this help me use up leftovers, it also adds quite a bit of variety to my diet. Some of my favorite snack foods are nuts, vegetables, fruit, cheese, crackers, olives…and yes, chocolate.
In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision to work for such a long period of time–not only from a sleep standpoint, but also from an ergonomic perspective. Nevertheless, by the time I realized it, it was 3 AM. And for someone who is typically in bed by 10 every night, it was quite a stretch for me to still be awake at such an ungodly hour.
The point is that when we’re immersed in a complex or physically demanding task, it’s essential to stay nourished and hydrated. If we fail to care for ourselves properly, it limits our performance.
What are your go-to snacks?